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UK approves emergency use of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca

Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca

In a first, pharma major AstraZenecas COVID-19 vaccine, which has been developed in partnership with Oxford University, got a green flag for emergency use in United Kingdom, on Wednesday. 

In 2020, teams across AstraZeneca have risen to the challenges COVID-19 has posed to global health. Today’s advancement is a significant step forward in the fight against this pandemic, a tweet from official AstraZenecas twitter handle read. 

Today in the UK, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved our COVID-19 vaccine for emergency supply, CEO of AstraZeneca Pascal Soriot said in a statement.

It is an important day for millions of people in the UK, who will get access to this new vaccine, which has been shown to be effective, well-tolerated, simple to administer and is supplied by AstraZeneca at no profit, he said.

Soriot announced that the vaccinations would begin early in 2021. ?Working with the UK government, first vaccinations will begin early in the New Year, and we aim to supply millions of doses by end of March, he said. 

My sincere thanks to our many colleagues at AstraZeneca, Oxford University, the UK government and the tens of thousands of clinical trial participants, he added. 

The Authorisation recommends two doses administered within an interval of between four and 12 weeks. This regimen was shown in clinical trials to be safe and effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19, with no severe cases and no hospitalizations more than 14 days after the second dose, AstraZeneca said. 

The vaccines can be stored, transported and handled at normal refrigerated conditions (two-eight degree Celsius) for at least six months and administered within existing healthcare settings, the company added.

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Deaf and dumb students put up scintillating show at Radio Mirchi’s ‘Utsav @ Zero Mile’ in Nagpur

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Amid heavy rains, Nagpur citizens drenched themselves in patriotism during ‘Utsav @ Zero Mile’ organised by Radio Mirchi on Sunday, August 14. What made the event all the more special was when several deaf and dumb students of Deaf and Dumb School, Shankar Nagar, gave a splendid performance on national anthem that reverberated patriotic fervour. Apart from them, students from Delhi Public School also left people completely mesmerised with their incredibly soothing performance with various musical instruments.

Ex-Indian Idol contestant from the city Kaivalya Kejkar regaled the audience with songs including ‘Maula Mere Lele Meri Jaan’ from Chak De! India.

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Kids in Nagpur walk ramp in khadi outfits during Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

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In a rare yet commendable initiative, kids walked the ramp in outfits made in Khadi by designer Durgesh Dixit during Khadi Pride. The ramp walk took place at Sugandh Sabhagruha in Nagpur on Sunday, August 14 in the presence of Central Member of Khadi & Village Industries Commission, Micro Small & Medium Enterprises Jaiprakash Gupta. 

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India’s biggest tribal health project launched in Nagpur; over 10,000 to be screen across Vidarbha

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Radhika Dhawad | Photographer : Anurag Raut | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) along with the Tribal Development Department in Nagpur launched BLOSSOM that was recently inaugurated by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. 

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Launched at Hotel Centre Point Hotel on World Tribal Day, the initiative BLOSSOM stands for: Breast cancer, Liver and lifestyle diseases, Osteoporosis, Sickle cell, Sexually transmitted infections, and Malnutrition.

Around 22 teams would screen a population of 10,000 tribal people across remote villages in the coming three months.

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